[nfbwatlk] Auction 2011

Prows, Bennett (HHS/OCR) Bennett.Prows at HHS.GOV
Thu Sep 22 22:09:31 UTC 2011

Hi everyone,

Here's the text of the letter to be used for obtaining auction items for this year's auction at the state convention in Vancouver.  If you need a word document copy, just send me an E-mail, and I'll get it to you.  Not certain that an attachment will make it to the list.


Bennett Prows,Auctioneer

Bennett Prows
Care of National Federation of the Blind of Washington
PO Box 2516
Seattle, WA  98111
501C(3)# 91-1155110
Web site:  HTTP://www.nfbw.org

To Whom It May Concern:

The National Federation of the Blind of Washington (NFBW) is an organization founded and run by blind persons to promote independence and positive attitudes towards the blind and living as blind persons. Chapters of our organization can be found in Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton, Bellingham, Vancouver, Sequim, Spokane, and Snohomish/King County.

This year, in an effort to raise funds to help in our efforts to provide meaningful programs and assistance and to the public, the NFBW will conduct a charitable auction on Saturday evening, October 22, 2011, immediately following its annual Banquet meeting and dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington. This event is held in conjunction with our annual state convention. All members of the organization as well as interested members of the general public are invited to join us...

By this letter, we are asking that your business consider graciously donating products or services to be sold during the auction. Donations made by contributors from Washington State will directly benefit programs and initiatives for blind people here. Be assured that your business will receive considerable recognition at the convention, and please know that your voluntary donation is tax deductible. While all gifts are appreciated, we request that your donations be valued at a minimum of $25.00 so that our auction will have an array of attractive items for sale. Below you will find a list of some of the programs this charitable auction will support.

1.       NFBW state scholarships, in varying amounts totaling $5,000.00 annually, awarded to deserving blind college students;

2.       NFB News-Line for the Blind, (r) a project in which the texts of the Seattle Times and P.I., the Tacoma News Tribune, the Spokane Spokesman Review, and some 300 other locally and nationally recognized newspapers and magazines are produced in synthesized computer voice and made available either on-line, or over the telephone via a national toll-free number and local area telephone lines, for the benefit of registered blind users

3.       The purchase and distribution of literature produced by and for the NFB, which is designed to educate the general public about blindness, and;

4.       The purchase of advocacy-related legal expenses for the benefit of blind people disadvantaged by social, political, and economic barriers still existing in Washington State.

Please feel free to give your auction contributions to the NFBW member who approaches you presenting this letter, or we would be glad to make alternate arrangements for delivery of your generous contribution. Should you have any questions, please contact me, at your convenience, at (425) 830-8811, or leave a message on the National Federation of the Blind of Washington telephone number (425) 823-6380.  Your assistance with this fund raising effort is very much appreciated.

Very Truly Yours,

Bennett Prows
Auction Chair
National Federation of the Blind of Washington

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